The Experiential Fishing started In 2005
Experiential fishing began in 2005 as an economic alternative to traditional fishing. It provides a solution to conflicts created by the over-explotation of certain fish such as cucumber and spiny lobster.
circumventing problems of overfishing
Experiential fishing is an economic alternative with great potential to overcome the problems of overfishing of fish such as the sea cucumber and spiny lobster.
It also improves the socioeconomic conditions of fishers by diversifying their sources of income and preserving the structure and function of the marine ecosystems of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
There are currently 35 Experiential Fishing boats around the Galapagos
In 2006 the GNP issued a provisional regulation to manage experimental fishing, but this created a lack of transportation during the first two years. In 2007, with the support of various foundations and institutions, the first boats designed and authorized specifically for experiential fishing were brought to the island.
Currently there are 35 GNP experiential fishing boats approved in the Galapagos.
SPECIAL RULES FOR FISHING
As stated in the Special Regulations for fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, published in the Official Gazette No. 483, on December 8, 2008, experiential fishing is characterized as an alternative activity in which fisherman use art and craft to learn about the culture of the Galapagos and modus vivendi. This is a demonstrative activity with a limited level of extraction.
It is recognized as a tourist activity authorized by the Galapagos National Park, as stated in the Special Regulations for Tourism in Protected Natural Waters (RETANP) issued on November 17, 2015.